Itinerary #1: Cities & Nature on the French Riviera
Discover the best of the French Riviera on this diverse itinerary that includes everything from cooking classes and perfume workshops to a sunset hike and a private boat tour.
|Day 1||Arrive in Nice||Nice|
|Day 2||Cooking Class & Perfume Tour in Nice||Nice|
|Day 3||Day Trip to Menton & Farmer's Market in Ventimiglia||Nice|
|Day 4||Wine tour in Bellet & Saint Paul de Vence from Nice||Nice|
|Day 5||Private Tour of Monaco, Monte Carlo, & Eze||Nice|
|Day 6||Transfer from Nice to Cannes||Cannes|
|Day 7||Provence Tour & Perfume Workshop||Cannes|
|Day 8||Private Sailing Tour of the Lérins Islands||Cannes|
|Day 9||Free Day in Cannes||Cannes|
|Day 10||Sunset Hike & Aperitif in the Esterel Massif||Cannes|
|Day 11||Drive from Cannes to Saint-Tropez||Saint Tropez|
|Day 12||Free Day in Saint-Tropez||Saint Tropez|
|Day 13||Private Boat Tour of Îles d'Or||Saint Tropez|
|Day 14||Private Driving Tour of the Mediterranean Coast||Saint Tropez|
|Day 15||Au revoir, France!|
Start the trip in style on the French Riviera. You'll attend a cooking class with a local chef in Nice, first stopping in the local marketplace to buy produce and ingredients. Enjoy the three-course meal you'll help to make, then go on a perfume tour in the afternoon. Side-trip to Menton and browse through the farmer's market in Ventimiglia before heading to Bellet and the village of Saint Paul de Vence for wine tasting. Next, you'll take a day trip to Monaco, Monte Carlo, and Eze. Continue to Provence for another perfume workshop. Then you'll travel to Cannes and board a boat for a private sailing tour around the Lérins Islands.
Soak up sunset views from the top of the Esterel Massif after a rigorous hike, then make the scenic drive from Cannes to Saint-Tropez. You'll have a free day to sunbathe and swim in Brigitte Bardot's favorite getaway. Then you'll go on a private boat tour of the Îles d'Or, going for a dip in the clear blue water. Head back to Saint-Tropez for dinner before you spend the last full day of the trip on a scenic drive along the Mediterranean coast. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Discover Provence by Electric Bike
Revel in the pleasures of the open road—passing UNESCO World Heritage Sites and lavender fields along the way—on this cycling tour of Provence.
|Day 1||Arrive in Paris||Paris|
|Day 2||Paris to Montelimar, Bike Pick-Up, & Route to Grignan||Grignan|
|Day 3||Free Day in Grignan, the Gem of Drôme Provençale||Grignan|
|Day 4||E-Bike from Grignan to Vaucluse-la-Romaine||Vaison la Romaine|
|Day 5||Free Day in Vaison-la-Romaine||Vaison la Romaine|
|Day 6||E-Bike from Vaison to Sault & Mount Ventoux||Sault|
|Day 7||Free Day in Sault, the Land of Lavender||Sault|
|Day 8||E-Bike from Sault to Roussillon & the Luberon||Roussillon|
|Day 9||Free Day in Roussillon & Outstanding Ochre||Roussillon|
|Day 10||E-Bike from Roussillon to Fontaine de Vaucluse||Fontaine de Vaucluse|
|Day 11||Free Day in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the World of Waters||Fontaine de Vaucluse|
|Day 12||E-bike from Fontaine de Vaucluse to Avignon||Avignon|
|Day 13||Full Day in Avignon, City of the Popes||Avignon|
|Day 14||Free Day in Aix en Provence||Aix en Provence|
|Day 15||Au Revoir, France|
Kick off the trip with an afternoon and evening in Paris. Move onto Montelimar on day two, where you'll pick up an electric bike, also known as an e-bike—and learn how to operate it. Over the next few days, you'll pedal through beautiful scenery from Grignan to Vaucluse-la-Romaine (where you'll have a free day to relax) to Mount Ventoux to Sault, where you'll get off the bike for a well-deserved break. Take some free time to go for a stroll on the Lavender Road, taste local candy at the Boyer Nougat Factory, visit lavender distilleries, and pick up a few sweet-smelling souvenirs at Provence Soap Works.
Continue along the road to Luberon, known for its art galleries and boutiques—you'll have ample time to explore them. Then you'll pedal to Roussillon, located in the middle of one of Europe's biggest ochre deposits. You'll have a free day to explore the town and check out the Conservatory of Ochre and Applied Pigments, housed in an old ochre processing factory. Next, ride to Fontaine de Vaucluse, famous for its natural springs, then medieval Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the last full day of the trip sightseeing in the old town and sipping coffee in outdoor cafés. Learn more
Itinerary #3: Spain & France Road Trip
Drive along the Mediterranean coast, stopping to visit medieval castles and sample traditional tapas, on this colorful road trip through Spain and France.
|Day 1||Arrival in Barcelona & Self-Guided Afternoon Tour||Barcelona|
|Day 2||Art Nouveau & Tapas in Barcelona||Barcelona|
|Day 3||Travel Back in Time to Tarragona||Barcelona|
|Day 4||A Day With Salvador Dali||Barcelona|
|Day 5||Transfer from Barcelona to Carcassonne & City Tour||Carcassonne|
|Day 6||Tour of the Cathar Castles||Carcassonne|
|Day 7||Lastours Castles, Wine Tasting, & Canal du Midi||Carcassonne|
|Day 8||Transfer from Carcassonne to Montpellier||Montpellier|
|Day 9||Montpellier to Aix, Visit Nîmes & Avignon||Aix en Provence|
|Day 10||Hilltop Villages & Wine in the Luberon: Full Day Tour||Aix en Provence|
|Day 11||Aix City Tour & Transfer to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie||Moustiers-Sainte-Marie|
|Day 12||Verdon Gorges: Europe's Highest Canyon||Moustiers-Sainte-Marie|
|Day 13||Napoleon Route from Verdon Gorges to Lyon via Grenoble||Lyon|
|Day 14||Culinary Tour of Lyon||Lyon|
|Day 15||Depart Lyon—Au Revoir, France!|
Begin in Barcelona. You'll go on a self-guided tour on the first day, then focus on Art Nouveau architecture and tapas on day two. Side-trip to Tarragona and retrace the steps of Salvador Dalí, stopping at various landmarks related to the artist's life and career. Transfer to Carcassonne, where you'll base yourself while going on day tours to the Cathar Castles and Lastours Castles, taking a break for a wine tasting along the way. Move onto Montpellier, then stop to see Avignon on your way to Aix-en-Provence.
On day ten, you'll tour hilltop villages and wineries in the Luberon. Head back to Aix-en-Provence and connect to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and Verdon Gorges, home to Europe's highest canyon. You'll drive along the Napoleon Route from Verdon Gorges to Grenoble to Lyon. Spend the last part of your trip taking a food tour, admiring the architecture, and relaxing in one of France's culinary capitals; you'll catch a flight out on day 15. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Highlights of Eastern France
On this well-rounded trip plan around eastern France, you'll visit the famous champagne houses of Reims, tour quaint villages in Alsace, and cruise along the Seine River in Paris.
|Day 1||Arrive in Paris & Cruise on the Seine||Paris|
|Day 2||Pastry Tour of Le Marais & Afternoon at the Louvre||Paris|
|Day 3||Paris to Reims & Cultural Exploration with Tastings in Champagne||Reims|
|Day 4||Champagne Tasting and Olfactory Workshop in Epernay||Reims|
|Day 5||Reims to Strasbourg & Discover Petit France||Strasbourg|
|Day 6||Exploring the Wine Route on a VW Kombi||Strasbourg|
|Day 7||Train to Colmar & River Cruise of the Canals||Colmar|
|Day 8||Villages of Alsace Tour||Colmar|
|Day 9||Drive from Colmar to Annecy||Annecy|
|Day 10||Cycle Around Lake Annecy||Annecy|
|Day 11||Alpine Cheese & Savoie Wine||Annecy|
|Day 12||Transfer to Geneva & Flight to Nice||Nice|
|Day 13||Full Day on the Coast: Cannes, Antibes, & Saint-Paul de Vence||Nice|
|Day 14||Private Tour of Monaco, Monte Carlo, & Eze||Nice|
|Day 15||Au Revoir, France|
The journey starts in Paris. You'll board a boat to take a cruise along the Seine River, enjoying the beauty of the City of Lights as the sun goes down. Take a pastry tour in Le Marais the next day; you'll visit the Louvre in the afternoon. Next, you'll head out of Paris and travel to Reims, where you'll sip bubbly at several of the famed champagne houses along the Avenue of Champagne. Work on your tasting skills during an olfactory workshop in Epernay, then go to Strasbourg and put them to practice. After a tour around the historic center, you'll tour the region's wine route in a VW Kombi, visiting several wineries along the way.
Catch the train to Colmar, where you'll cruise the canals on a riverboat. Then discover the picturesque villages of Alsace on a guided tour. Relax on the lakefront of Lake Annecy with wine and cheese. The following day, you'll go on a cycling tour around the lake. Then you'll take an Alpine cheese and wine tour, visiting four historic vineyards before continuing to Geneva.
The trip's almost over as you board a quick flight to Nice. But a couple of adventures still await: first, a full day on the coast with stops in Cannes, Antibes, and Saint Paul de Vence, and finally, a day trip to Monaco, Monte Carlo, and Eze. You'll fly out the next day. Learn more
Itinerary #5: Luxury Getaway to Western France
With its beautiful beaches, castles, and vineyards, Western France is a treat to visit—and it's especially pleasurable on this luxurious trip plan that features dinner cruises and leisurely winery lunches.
Begin the adventure in Paris, touring Île de la Cité and the Eiffel Tower. Then visit the Louvre and wander through the charming side streets of Montmartre in the afternoon. Continue to Versailles for a day trip, returning to Paris later for a dinner cruise on the Seine River.
You'll spend part of the next day in a French baking class. After learning how to make baguettes and pastries, you'll tour the opulent Opéra Garnier. Transfer to historic Bayeux the next day; you'll visit D-Day sites in the region, then take it easy at a spa before making the trip to Mont-Saint-Michel, the famed "abbey on an island."
Continue on to the fortified town of Saint-Malo in a private car. With a local guide, you'll explore two towns, medieval Dinan and the old fishing port of Dinard. The next day, you'll ride in the first-class compartment on the train from Brittany to the Loire Valley, where you'll spend the last few days of the trip relaxing and tasting locally produced wines. Get a taste for old-world luxury when you tour the Châteaus de Chambord and Chenonceau. On the last full day of the trip, you'll take a Leonardo Da Vinci-themed tour, visiting the famous artist's tomb and seeing the places where he spent his last years. Learn more
Itinerary #6: Luxury Food and Wine Tour
Sip coffee in Paris, try big bold reds in Bordeaux, shop for vegetables in local markets, and feast on oysters in Arcachon on this gourmet food and wine tour through France.
|Day 1||Bienvenue à Paris!||Paris|
|Day 2||Full Day in Le Marais: Cheese Shop, Museums, & Market||Paris|
|Day 3||Explore Palais Royal & Afternoon at Galerie Vivienne||Paris|
|Day 4||French Cooking Class in Les Batignolles||Paris|
|Day 5||Montmartre & the Eiffel Tower||Paris|
|Day 6||Train from Paris to Amboise & Afternoon with Da Vinci||Amboise|
|Day 7||Organic Wine & Lunch in the Vineyards||Amboise|
|Day 8||Bike Tour & Château de Chenonceau||Amboise|
|Day 9||Caves & Castles of the Western Loire Valley||Amboise|
|Day 10||Amboise to Bordeaux & Luxurious Dinner||Bordeaux|
|Day 11||Cruise Down the Gironde||Bordeaux|
|Day 12||Wine Tasting in St. Emilion & Pomerol||Bordeaux|
|Day 13||Private Transfer from Bordeaux to Arcachon||Arcachon|
|Day 14||Dune du Pilat Climb||Arcachon|
|Day 15||Au Revoir, France|
To start the trip, spend some time in Le Marais visiting cheese shops and bakeries, then visit Palais Royal. You'll have time to wander around Montmartre and ride the elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower before spending day four learning essential kitchen skills at a French cooking class. The following day, you'll catch the train to Amboise in the Loire Valley. Taste organic wines and have lunch in the vineyards, then pedal around the area on a bike tour the next day, stopping to visit the grand Château de Chenonceau. The following day, you'll explore more castles and caves in the Western Loire Valley.
Continue on to Bordeaux, where you'll have a leisurely dinner with wine pairings on your first evening. You'll learn more about wine production in the region and see more of the landscape from the perspective of a boat as you cruise down the Gironde estuary. Go for more wine tasting in St. Emilion, then visit Arcachon, famous for its oysters. On the last full day, you'll climb up Dune du Pilat, the highest sand dune in Europe. Enjoy a relaxed seafood dinner on your last night in France. Learn more
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